*Minor Bupleurum Decoction (xiao chai hu tang)
Chief: Chai Hu
Deputy: Huang qin
Assistant: Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang, Ren Shen, Zhi Gan Cao, Da Zao
Pattern: Lesser Yang Disorder
Indications: Alternating fever and chills, dry throat, Bitter or Sour taste in the mouth, dizziness, irritability, sensation of fullness in the chest and hypochondria (often experienced as difficulty in taking deep breaths), heartburn, nausea and vomiting, reduced appetite, a thin, white tongue coating, and a wiry pulse.
Cautions and contraindications: has an ascending action which can injure the Qi and cause headache, dizziness, and bleeding of the gums if taken long-term.
Contraindicated in patients with excess above and deficiency below, Liver Fire, or bleeding of the gums.
Caution in cases of ascendant Liver Yang, hypertension, or vomiting of blood due to Yin deficiency. Patients with relatively weak normal Qi may experience fever and chills while taking this formula because the pathogenic influence is vented from the lesser Yang stage via the greater Yang.
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